Fourth Portal is exhibiting the works of local artist Peter Rodulfo and Cambridgeshire based Kevin Gavaghan in Great Yarmouth
Kevin Gavaghan is a self-taught artist, originating from North London and now working from his studio in Hertford. His paintings are evocative figurative imagery dancing around the fringes of surrealism and abstract art. Kevin predominantly paints in oils. His process involves collecting images and photographs that inform an emotional connection about any given moment in his past. The artworks reflect emotional memories of his life growing up in the 1970s in a large Irish family, coping with the complexity of life with Tourette Tics and anxiety-related illnesses. Paintings are created organically and continue to develop throughout the process. Each painting will often change personality many times before settling on what Kevin believes reflects a truth within his thoughts. An eye condition called ‘Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR) developed 20 years ago that sometimes distorts his vision by producing fluid on his retina. Kevin chose to embrace the condition within his art. This embrace has led to a palette and application of bold vibrant colours. The paintings dissect and bend his figures and portraits to the point of abstraction. For Kevin, it highlights the multi-layers of life and our inner emotions rather than the external likeness of his subject.
Peter Rodulfo (b. 1958, Washington DC) is a British artist and sculptor. He spent much of his youth travelling across India and Australia before settling in Norfolk. Peter studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design between 1975 to 1979. His first solo exhibition was in 1980 at the Margaret Fisher Gallery; he has continued to exhibit widely over the next forty years in the UK, Europe, Asia, the USA, and South America. For the past decade, he has resided in the Norfolk coastal town of Great Yarmouth, where he has absorbed the novel visual experience of the urban environment and popular seaside culture. The subject matter, style and imagery of his paintings have remained broad and experimental, possessing a variety of meanings while directly addressing the viewer's powers of association and imagination. Peter's work inhabits the world between what we know and dream, treading a line between reality and imagination. His artworks evoke a kind of instability, a sense that change, like the end to a long British Winter, is only constant.